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Behind the Camera in Sochi

Photo by Reid Nelson

 Over 88 million people turn on their TVs every day to watch sports. They don’t often wonder who is showing them the event. Cameraman Bo McWilliams of Arvada is one of the many people that bring sports to your TV. This year he will travel to Sochi, Russia, for four weeks to film the Winter Olympics. He last filmed the Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010. McWilliams is excited to shoot his seventh Olympics.
There are many bonuses to being a cameraman. According to McWilliams, it’s one of the best things in the world to be working with a big team on a huge project. “It is like a big party being orchestrated by the director.” Videographers (cameramen) can also be awarded Emmys. McWilliams has won three for technical achievements. “It really is cool to have been awarded three Emmys,” he says.
Though being a cameraman has its ups, there are a few downs. McWilliams loves going to new places to film and see new things, but there are a few things he misses. “Leaving my two kids, my wife, and my three cats is the hardest part,” he states. Can you imagine being away from your family for a month?
McWilliams is also a very skilled sportsman. In events such as the Winter X Games held in Aspen, he has to ski backwards while filming. At the Olympics, he will have to crouch on a platform while holding a hard camera which has a lens two and a half feet long. But he’s not the only one filming each event. Fourteen other videographers join him to shoot every event. At the Olympics, he will film the freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Different cameramen will take care of the other venues. If you want to watch what McWilliams shoots, then turn on NBC starting February 7.